Despite the health problems that have dogged the band in their later years, AC/DC could be performing live again to support the release of their 17th studio album.
Their recently released album Power Up welcomes the return of singer Brian Johnson, who stepped down due to hearing issues in 2016 on doctor’s orders, and sees drummer Phil Rudd reunite with the group following a rehab stint.
It is the first “Rock or Bust” album since 2014 and comes after reports of a split following Malcolm Young’s death.
In 2016, because Johnson was ill so the band could finish the Rock or Bust tour, Guns’n ‘Roses vocalist Axl Rose was brought in to front AC/DC.
Singer Brian Johnson, 73, and legendary guitarist Angus Young, 65, spoke about live playing plans when announcing that the album was scheduled to be released earlier this year and that there was to be a tour to follow.
But these plans were scuttled by the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, and they decided to release the album now.
When it was mentioned that the album was designed to be performed live, Brian Johnson offered a thumbs up.
After the Covid crisis, Johnson said when asked about the experience of playing and touring live again, “When we were done rehearsing, we were all pretty high on how it all went. We were talking about playing some shows, taking some baby steps, and seeing how it went.”
But we have not been able to intend to make any arrangements. This virus has only spread too easily.
We would love nothing more than to hear the guys power up live. Just some stuff and then….errrm[pretends to sing]. “We would love nothing more than to… just… hear the guys power up live.”
AC/DC might not be on some lists of the biggest bands that Scotland has produced – but at Holyrood they have official recognition.
Some people don’t realize that the band, generally known as one of the world’s most popular rock bands, has its origins in Scotland.
The Angus and Malcolm Young brothers, the nucleus of the band, and Bon Scott, the late frontman, were all born in Scotland.
South of Scotland SNP MSP Christine Grahame tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament formally acknowledging the band’s contribution to music in 2008, before a show at Hampden Park in Glasgow, South of Scotland.
“They [the record company]were the ones who gave the advice, and they said, “We can do it now,” Young said of the album release, “he explained.
Since we had set our minds on it initially…… We’d done all the promo and video stuff for it, and like he said, we were also planning on maybe doing some shows if it succeeded. It was going to come out sooner. We were ready to get moving earlier, but the thing about the virus threw a wrench into the job, so we had to leave it to them.
He told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, “When they thought they had the clearance to go into production and CDs and stuff, when they had all the tools to do it. And they said, ‘We should be able to do that.’ At that point, we were depending on them. And that’s when I said, ‘Well, if you think you can do it, we’ll do our best to help you promote it.'”
Founding members Angus and the late Malcolm Young were born in Glasgow before the family moved to Australia in 1963, with six siblings.
Bon Scott, the former lead singer, also traveled to Australia and joined AC/DC in 1974. He was born in Kirriemuir, where there is a plaque in his name, and died in 1980 at the age of 33 from alcohol poisoning.
In 1973, AC/DC was established and sold over 200 million records worldwide, with songs such as Highway to Hell, Back in Black and For Those About to Rock (We Salute You). Back in Black, the first post-Bon Scott album, released in 1980, sold 22 million copies alone (50 million worldwide) and sometimes became the second best-selling album in history.
The whole band wore the Scottish national soccer team jersey when they performed in Glasgow in 1978, as the concert took place just before the final of the World Cup in Argentina.
“I think we waited until the world had reached a level of misery,”I think we waited until the world had reached a level of misery. “And [we]just said, ‘Right, time to cheer them up.'”
Power Up also marks the return of bassist Cliff Williams and was led by Malcolm Young, who died in 2017, as a tribute to his co-founder and rhythm guitarist.